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Key Documents from the 3rd RCE Conference of the Americas, July 28-30, 2014

Please find attached 3 key documents emerging from the 3rd RCE Conference of the Americas, July 28-30, 2014. The first is a general statement of commitment emerging from the meeting to help shape future directions of the RCEs in the Americas and inform continental and global ESD processes. The 2nd is a set of specific project commitments identifying various RCEs. Lastly, the third is the final agenda for the meeting in Spanish.--Roger

RCE E-Bulletin 38: August 2014

Issue 38: August 2014

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:

 

Dear colleagues and friends,

In an effort to enhance your contributions to the monthly RCE E-Bulletin, we are introducing a form through which you can submit upcoming events, latest news, calls for applications and new publications. From September 2014 onwards, please submit your RCE news through this form to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceservicecentre@unu.edu). Subsequent submissions must be made by the 15th of every month. In addition, we encourage you to continue using the RCE Portal to exchange ideas, share expertise and resources and deliberate emerging sustainability issues towards ESD implementation at a global level.

To enable more RCEs to submit their annual reports and also nominate projects for the 2014 RCE Award, we are extending the deadline for the two processes to Monday, 15 September. We look forward to receiving your 2014 annual reports and also nominations of your flagship projects for the RCE Award. Selected flagship projects are to be presented during the 9th Global RCE Conference.

We have also extended the deadline for online registration to attend the 9th Global RCE Conference in Okayama. For those who are planning to attend and have not registered you now have up to Thursday, 19 September 2014 to do so by visiting the conference website.

Finally, we are happy to introduce Ms. Hanna Staahlberg who has joined UNU-IAS as the new Communications Coordinator for the ESD Programme. Hanna is looking forward to working with the RCE community. Please join us in welcoming her to the Global RCE Service Centre and ESD Team.

Best wishes,

The Global RCE Service Centre

 

Upcoming Events

 

Events organized by UNU-IAS
4th African RCE Continental Meeting and 32nd Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) Annual Conference

9–12 September 2014

The 4th African RCE Continental Meeting will be held in conjunction with the 32nd Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) annual conference at the University of Namibia (Windhoek Campus) on 9–12 September 2014. The theme of the EEASA conference is: Reflections on the current and emerging ESD issues and practices informing the post DESD framework programme. RCE Khomas-Erongo of Namibia will host the African RCE meeting. Activities of the meeting will be integrated into the EEASA programme to address the afore-mentioned theme through plenary sessions, paper presentations, round table discussions and workshops. The overall purpose of the 4th African RCE meeting is to deliberate a joint strategy and concrete actions for positioning African RCEs to effectively deliver a post 2014 ESD agenda. For more details, visit the RCE Portal.

9th Global RCE Conference

4–7 November 2014

The 9th Global RCE Conference will be held in Okayama, Japan from 4 to 7 November. Marking the final year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD: 2005–2014), the Conference is regarded as one of the official stakeholder meetings to be held prior to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (10–12 November). The Conference provides a great opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the RCE movement with a view to charting a post-2014 agenda as proposed in UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. The major objective of the Conference is to identify a tangible commitment of the RCE community towards the effective implementation of ESD beyond 2014. The registration is now open (deadline: 19 September) on the conference website.

Please join conference preparatory discussions here.

International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014

9 November 2014

The United Nations University is organizing the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan on 9 November, in collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), UNEP, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, and the International Association of Universities (IAU). The Conference will highlight the major challenges and pathways for transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs), with a focus on scaling up and mainstreaming innovative practices in learning and knowledge development and research.

Online registration for the conference has now opened here.

Events organized by RCE members
 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2014)

3–5 September 2014

RCE Hamburg and Region in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) has organized the 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2014). The Workshop that will be held on 3–5 September 2014 in Manchester, UK, is one of the last events to be held as part of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) which concludes in 2014.

The 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2014) has a focus on transformative approaches to sustainable development across disciplines and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field. For more information click here.

COPERNICUS Alliance Conference on Education for Sustainability: Building Capacity in Higher Education

3 October 2014

We are pleased to share programme information and to invite participation in an international conference organized by COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) in collaboration with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. The Conference will review major trends and changes in higher education towards sustainability over the last ten years, with an emphasis on whole-of-institution approaches, curriculum change, university educators, ESD competences and quality enhancement. A state of the art report which maps existing ESD professional development opportunities for university educators in Europe will be presented at the event.

For further information, abstract submissions and registration details please click here or visit the conference website.

International Seminar on Renewable Electricity and Socio-Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Developed and Developing Countries

9 September 2014

RCE Hamburg in collaboration with its partners has organized a seminar on Renewable and Socio-Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Developed and Developing Countries. This seminar will offer a forum for German key actors in the renewable energy technology transfer and development cooperation sectors, to exchange experience between each other and to enter into a dialogue with representatives from Latin American universities. This seminar seeks to promote the exchange of experiences between universities, NGOs and enterprises working in international renewable energy technology transfer. Moreover, it aims to initiate partnerships and contribute to closer networking between institutions in the field of renewable energy and development cooperation. For more information visit the website.

RCE Okayama: ESD Symposium on “The Sustainable Society which Citizens Create: Thinking about the Creation of Satoumi”

28 October 2014

The City of Okayama and a local NPO called the Satoumi Research Institute will organize a symposium on “The Sustainable Society which Citizens Create: Thinking about the Creation of Satoumi” on 28 October in Okayama, Japan. “Satoumi” (“sato” means the areas where people live and “umi” means sea in Japanese) refers to marine landscapes that have been formed and maintained by prolonged interaction between humans and ecosystems. The symposium will give a great opportunity for participants to discuss the interrelation among people in forest, villages, and coastal areas and how we can live in harmony. For more information, click here.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference

26–29 October 2014

Nearly 2,000 sustainability professionals and students will gather in Portland, Oregon for AASHE’s annual conference to network and share new innovations, activities, frameworks, learning outcomes, tools, strategies, research, theory and leadership initiatives that are changing the face of sustainability on their campus and surrounding communities. RCE Greater Portland which is on the coordinating committee of the conference will host an RCE Panel discussion on the benefits of the RCE model and cross-sector ESD networks. The panel discussion will be attended by representatives from RCE Grand Rapids, RCE Saskatchewan and U.S. Partnership for ESD.

For more details on the AASHE Conference visit the website.

Call for Papers and Applications

 

UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia and the Pacific

7–20 December 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) are announcing applications for the forthcoming UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia and the Pacific. The strategic objective of the Winter School is to improve the knowledge of future decision makers in Asia and the Pacific in the area of SCP and thus contribute to the design and implementation of policies, business models and practices that can promote sustainable resource management.

The UN Winter School that will be held at the Asian Institute of Technology Campus provides an exclusive learning opportunity for young professionals, including post-graduate students, to be equipped with skills that can support their professional and research activities. Scholarships are available for participants from developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. Find details on the application process here.

Survey on the State of Higher Education for Sustainable Development

RCE Graz-Styria in collaboration with Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, RCE Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business, UNESCO Chair in Higher Education for Sustainable Development, Leuphana University Lüneburg, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the International Association of Universities (IAU) invites you to participate in a new study on the state of higher education for sustainable development through an online survey. The outcome of the study will be presented at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in Aichi Nagoya in November. To access the survey, please click on the relevant link below:

For further information please email: hesd@leuphana.de.

Call for Case Studies for the UNESCO/UNFCCC/Centre for Environment Education India Joint Research Project

Goal 13 of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals highlights the need to improve education, awareness raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning. UNFCCC, UNESCO and Centre for Environment Education (CEE) have undertaken a survey to identify and then develop as case studies, examples from across the world where ESD has led to climate change mitigation. The survey can be accessed here until 29 August 2014.

If you are involved in any educational or awareness raising programme, project or activity which has led to or is expected to lead to greenhouse gas emission reduction please contribute to the UNESCO/UNFCCC/Centre for Environment Education India joint research project by sending case studies to sbcc@ceeindia.org or rixa.schwarz@ceegermany.org before the 15th of September 2014. Selected case studies will be presented at the World Conference on ESD in Nagoya, Japan, 10–12 November 2014 and at UNFCCC COP20, Lima, Peru, 1–12 December 2014.

Handprint Challenge: Sustainability Challenge for Colleges in Asia-Pacific

The South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN) in association with UNertia and UNEP invites participation of students in the Handprint Sustainability Challenge for Colleges in Asia-Pacific. The challenge aims at promoting sustainability behaviour among college students by encouraging them to identify and act on sustainability issues. For details on the application process, eligibility criteria and guidelines click here.

Latest News

Strategic Directions for the RCEs of the Americas: Creating “An RCE of RCEs”

The RCEs of the Americas network of Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs) held their 3rd RCE Conference in Autlan de Nevarro, Jalisco, Mexico on 29–30 July 2014. Following the conference RCEs of the Americas have stated their commitment to implementing strategic actions that build a continental learning space beyond the Decade on ESD and into the new era of the Global Action Programme on ESD.

For details on the commitment statement and strategic directions that emerged from the 3rd RCE Conference of the Americas click here.

RCE Chandigarh celebrates International Day for Conservation of Biological Diversity

RCE Chandigarh mobilized more than 5,500 schools and other institutions to participate in the Green Wave programme on the occasion of celebration of International Day for Conservation of Biological Diversity. Green Wave is a global biodiversity campaign to educate children and youth about biodiversity through a tree planting event. An awareness lecture that highlighted the importance of biodiversity, significance of plants in terms of medicinal values, the Green Wave initiative and need of plantation to green the mother earth was organized on this occasion. For more information click here.

Publications

 

8th Global RCE Conference: Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has published a conference booklet of the 8th Global RCE Conference that was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 26–29 November 2013. The booklet is an abridged version of the 8th Global RCE Conference minutes that were shared in February this year. The conference booklet can be accessed here.

Forests in a Changing Climate: A Sourcebook for Integrating REDD+ into Academic Programmes (UNEP, 2014)

This sourcebook that was recently launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) seeks to take stock of the knowledge, approaches, tools and initiatives that have been developed for REDD+ by a range of actors and to facilitate their integration into multi-disciplinary higher education programmes, especially in countries actively engaged in REDD+ readiness efforts and preparations. The sourcebook is available here.

This is a publication of UNU-IAS RCE Global Service Centre.

Please send your comments, suggestions and materials to rceservicecentre@unu.edu.

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RCE E-Bulletin 36: June 2014

Issue 36: June 2014

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:

 

Dear colleagues and friends,

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is committed to promoting ESD through the RCE initiative beyond 2014 with reference to UNESCO’s Global Action Programme. RCEs are encouraged to respond to UNESCO’s call for GAP launch commitments to advance the ESD agenda after 2014.

The 2014 RCE Award nomination is now open. Projects nominated for the Award are to demonstrate how an RCE is promoting multi-stakeholder learning processes through policy dialogue, research and collaborative partnerships. Click here for more information on the nomination process and eligibility criteria. As in 2013, we are combining the annual reporting process with the RCE Award nomination process. This will make it easier on all RCEs to submit annual report information and nominate projects for an RCE Award, without filling information in twice. Please note that annual reporting is mandatory for all RCEs. This year, we are asking that you submit your reports by 1 September 2014. This is the same deadline for nominating a project for an RCE award.

To fill out your annual report, please visit the RCE Portal by clicking here. You must be given special access to create online reports. If you have logged into the RCE Portal and find you do not have access to the forms, please contact the Global RCE Service Centre (rceservicecentre@unu.edu) requesting access and you will be granted that status. If you do not have a login for the portal or you have forgotten your username and password, please email rceservicecentre@unu.edu and your information will be reset.

Once you have filled out your annual report, you may automatically submit any of your projects for the RCE Award. To do so, please go to the Awards section of the portal. Click on the button that says “Click here to nominate a project that you have already reported on in your Annual Report”; you will be given a drop down menu of all of your 2014 projects. Click on the project you would like to nominate, verify that all the information on the project is correct and fill out the extra RCE Award-related questions before submitting your project for consideration.

For those RCEs who would prefer to nominate a project for an RCE Award before filling out their annual report, please go to the Awards section of the portal. Click on the button that says “Click here to submit a new project for the RCE Award” and fill out the nomination form. If you do not have a login for the portal or you do not have access to the forms, please email rceservicecentre@unu.edu and your information will be reset.

Meanwhile, we would like to notify you that our physical address has changed following our relocation from the Yokohama office to the UNU Headquarters in Shibuya, Tokyo. Our new physical address and telephone can be accessed here.

With much appreciation,

The Global RCE Service Centre

 
 

Upcoming Events

 

Events organized by UNU-IAS

The 6th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific: IASP 2014

23–24 July 2014

The 6th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) will be held in Yokohama on 23–24 July 2014. ISAP is a forum that promotes information sharing and facilitates diverse discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. IASP 2014 whose theme is Bringing Regional Voices to the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Solutions for a Low-carbon, Resilient and Inclusive Asia-Pacific will bring together experts and diverse stakeholders from international organisations, governments, business and NGOs.

At the forum, UNU-IAS in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) will present a session on advancing education as a goal for sustainable development. This session will bring together ESD experts to deliberate how transformative learning, social change and transitions to sustainability can be supported through improved educational approaches. Click here or visit the ISAP website for more information.

3rd Americans RCE Meeting

28 July–1 August 2014

The 3rd Americans RCE Meeting will be held in Aurlan de La Grana, Jalisco, Mexico from 28 July to 1 August. The overall objective of the meeting is to share experiences and best practices and strengthen collaboration among Americans RCE members for the promotion of ESD in the region. For more information, please contact Salvador Garcia (sgarcia_60@yahoo.com.mx) at RCE Western Jalisco.

7th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting and International Symposium on “A Decade of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD: Reflections and Advances in Asia-Pacific”

26–28 August 2014

The 7th RCE Asia-Pacific Meeting will be hosted by RCE Penang in Malaysia from 26–28 August in conjunction with the International Symposium on ‘A Decade of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD: Reflections and Advances in Asia-Pacific’. Registration is now open and you can find more information here. If you wish to attend the meeting, please download a registration form found on the website and send it to RCE Penang and the Global RCE Service Centre by 18 July 2014. For those who are applying for financial support, please read the instructions included in the registration form.

If you are interested in making a case presentation at the International Symposium, please submit your abstract by sending the form to RCE Penang and the Global RCE Service Centre by 14 July 2014.

4th African RCE Continental Meeting and 32nd Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) Annual Conference

9–12 September 2014

The 4th African RCE Continental Meeting will be held in conjunction with the 32nd Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) annual conference at the University of Namibia (Windhoek Campus) on 9–12 September 2014. The theme of the EEASA conference is: Reflections on the current and emerging ESD issues and practices informing the post DESD framework programme. RCE Khoma-Erongo of Namibia will host the African RCE meeting. Activities of the meeting will be integrated into the EEASA programme to address the afore-mentioned theme through plenary sessions, paper presentations, round table discussions and workshops. For information on how to register and thus participate in both the African RCE Meeting and EEASA conference click here. Details on content and expected outcomes of the 4th African RCE Meeting will be shared in early July.

9th Global RCE Conference

4–7 November 2014

The 9th Global RCE Conference will be held in Okayama, Japan from 4 to 7 November. Marking the final year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD: 2005–2014), the Conference is regarded as one of the official stakeholder meetings to be held prior to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (10–12 November). The Conference provides a great opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the RCE movement with a view to charting a post-2014 agenda as proposed in UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. The major objective of the Conference is to identify a tangible commitment of the RCE community towards the effective implementation of ESD beyond 2014.

Please visit the RCE Portal for more information. Registration for the conference will open soon.

International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014

9 November 2014

The United Nations University through its Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is organizing the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan on 9 November, in collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), UNEP, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, and the International Association of Universities (IAU). The Conference will highlight the major challenges and pathways for transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs), with a focus on scaling up and mainstreaming innovative practices in learning and knowledge development and research.

Registration for the conference will open in late July. For more information, please visit the UNU website.

Events organized by RCE members

SEAMEO Congress on Southeast Asia in Transition

21–22 October 2014

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat), the British Council and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) Thailand will jointly organize the SEAMEO Congress with the theme “Southeast Asia in Transition: Re-Thinking Education, Science and Culture for Regional Integration” on 21–22 October 2014, at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

SEAMEO Congress aims to explore new avenues for managing the diverse changes in education, science and culture and enhance regional understanding and cooperation among educators and different stakeholders in Southeast Asia and beyond.

For more information on how to participate in the Congress visit their website.

COPERNICUS Alliance Conference on Education for Sustainability: Building Capacity in Higher Education

3 October 2014

We are pleased to share programme information and to invite participation in an international conference organized by COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) in collaboration with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. The Conference will review major trends and changes in higher education towards sustainability over the last ten years, with an emphasis on whole-of-institution approaches, curriculum change, university educators, ESD competences and quality enhancement.

For further information, abstract submissions and registration details please click here or visit the conference website.

RCE Greater Western Sydney: 2014 Youth Eco Summit (YES)

22–23 October 2014

RCE Greater Western Sydney will hold its 2014 Youth Eco Summit (YES) in Sydney, Australia on 22–23 October. YES is an annual award-winning global education event that seeks to build the capacity of students and schools to take action and have a voice on sustainability, through targeted workshop training and project development. For more information click here.

Call for Papers and Applications

 

Call for UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) Launch Commitments

Deadline: 15 August 2014

UNESCO is calling for GAP Launch Commitments, inviting ESD stakeholders around the world to make their specific commitments to support the GAP. GAP Launch Commitments are plans for concrete activities that support one or more of the five Priority Action Areas on policy, whole-institution approaches, youth, educators and local communities. Stakeholders making GAP Launch Commitments can be organizations or institutions from countries or of regional or global communities, including public and private, formal and non-formal, and education and non-education sectors. Click here for more information on GAP.

For UNESCO, GAP Launch Commitments will help identify partners with whom it will form partner networks. GAP Launch Commitments will also provide an important basis for the periodic reporting on GAP implementation planned by UNESCO. Interested RCE stakeholders are highly encouraged to fill in the GAP Launch Commitment Registration Form found here and submit it to esddecade@unesco.org (indicating ‘GAP Commitment’ in the email subject line) by 15 August 2014.

Call for papers for the 17th UNESCO-APEID International Conference

Deadline: 31 July 2014

UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) is organizing the 17th International Conference on the theme of ‘The Powerhouses of Education: Teachers for the Future We Want’ from 29–31 October in Bangkok, Thailand. This conference will provide a forum for discussions on leading edge thinking about teachers and teaching practices. It will underscore the key role played by teachers in determining the quality of education.

The organizers invite papers on the Conference sub-themes. For those who are interested to present papers, submit English abstracts (200 words) through the online form available at the Conference website by 31 July. For registration or further information, please visit the Conference website or contact UNESCO Bangkok at apeidconf@unesco.org.

Call for entries for the 2014 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award

Deadline: 15 September 2014

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT) in cooperation with UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education are pleased to announce the 2014 SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award, with the theme of "Fostering Global Citizenship for Sustainable Future".

Public and private schools in the 11 Southeast Asian countries are invited to submit programmes, projects, or activities relevant to the theme. The 11 countries include: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

For more information, please visit the website or contact seameojapan.award@seameo.org.

Latest News

 

RCE Goa commemorates World Earth Day

A programme on source segregation of household domestic waste was organized to commemorate World Earth Day on 22 April 2014 by RCE Goa. The programme began with the screening of an 18 minute documentary titled 'Half a View', set in Mumbai, India. The film illustrated how the city has changed through the decades from a city of dreams and aspirations to a metropolis struggling to deal with the woes of thrash and garbage. The event was used to discuss the importance and benefits of segregation of waste at source as an aspect of sustainable waste management.

RCEs celebrate the 2014 World Environment Day

RCE Goa, RCE Greater Pwani, RCE Srinagar and RCE Dhaka celebrated this year’s World Environment Day through a number of activities. The theme for the 2014 World Environment Day that was celebrated on 5 June was 'Small Islands and Climate Change' and the official slogan was ‘Raise your voice not the sea Level’.

RCE Goa organized a film-screening cum student panel discussion as part of celebrations for the World Environment Day. Five schools and over 60 students, teachers and parents attended the session.

RCE Greater Pwani marked the World Environment Day through tree planting, exhibitions, entertainment, and public awareness activities. For more details, please visit the portal.

RCE Srinagar in collaboration with CEE Himalaya, JSW Foundation and Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation dedicated the World Environment Day to the mule owners and operators of Uttarkashi who had played a commendable role in the 16–17 June 2013 Uttarakhand disaster. For more details click here.

RCE Dhaka through International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) has been awarded second prize in the World Environmental Day-2014 Fair that was organized by the Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh. During the week-long Fair the RCE made a presentation on the theme "Science behind Tradition". It also presented videos, posters and a model of home gardening with grey water. For more details click here.

Science in Central and Eastern Europe: Summary Statement from the Bratislava workshop

More than 40 representatives from ministries, politics, academies of sciences, universities and National Commissions for UNESCO from Central and Eastern Europe (the 8 countries having accessed the EU in 2004 plus Austria and Germany) discussed the status quo and the potential of Sustainability Science for this region from 15 to 17 June 2014 in Bratislava, Slovakia. To access the summary statement from the Bratislava workshop click here.

Publications

 

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: Lessons Learnt and Needs to Be Met

The latest editorial of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (Vol 15, issue 2) describes some of the lessons learnt from the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, and some of the needs to be met. The full text is available here.

Article citation: Leal Filho, W. (2014) "The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: lessons learnt and needs to be met", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 15 Issue: 2, pp.

Higher education practitioners will find the article on "Campus sustainability plans in the United States: where, what, and how to evaluate?" by Stacey White (pp. 228–241) interesting. The article can be found here.

 

This is a publication of UNU-IAS RCE Global Service Centre.

Please send your comments, suggestions and materials to rceservicecentre@unu.edu.

RCE E-Bulletin 35: May 2014

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:

 

Dear colleagues and friends,

Following the establishment of the new United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in January 2014, a new website (http://ias.unu.edu/en/) was launched in April 2014. The website is designed to reflect the unique vision and approach of the new institute of contributing to a more sustainable future through policy-oriented research and capacity development on sustainability. Our former UNU-IAS website has been archived, but it is still accessible at http://archive.ias.unu.edu/.

We are working on migrating RCE-related information and resources to the RCE Portal (http://www.rce-network.org/portal/home) and hope to complete the task by the end of June. The remodeled RCE Portal will contain more general information on RCEs for non-RCE members and will continue to serve as a communication platform for RCE members to exchange innovative ideas and projects.

During the migration period, you can still post comments on the Community page and upload your Annual Reports. We would, therefore, like to encourage you to make use of the RCE Portal for preparatory discussions on upcoming events such as continental RCE meetings and the 9th Global RCE Conference. You are further encouraged to start updating your annual reports.

With much appreciation,

The Global RCE Service Centre

 

Upcoming Events

 

Events organized by UNU-IAS

3rd Americans RCE Meeting

28 July–1 August 2014

The 3rd Americans RCE Meeting will be held in Aurlan de La Grana, Jalisco, Mexico from 28 July to 1 August. The overall objective of the meeting is to share experiences and best practices and strengthen collaboration among Americans RCE members for the promotion of ESD in the region. The tentative schedule is available here. For more information, please contact Salvador Garcia (sgarcia_60@yahoo.com.mx) of RCE Western Jalisco.

 

7th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting and International Symposium on ‘A Decade of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD: Reflections and Advances in Asia-Pacific’

26–28 August 2014

The 7th RCE Asia-Pacific Meeting will be hosted by RCE Penang in Malaysia from 26–28 August in conjunction with the International Symposium on ‘A Decade of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD: Reflections and Advances in Asia-Pacific’. In addition to the ongoing discussions on priority thematic areas, the meeting aims to discuss how to further advance the ESD agenda beyond the DESD with reference to the Global Action Programme on ESD. The registration and call for case presentations will be open shortly through the conference website.

 

4th African RCE Continental Meeting and 32nd Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) Annual Conference

9–12 September 2014

The 4th African RCE Continental Meeting will be held in conjunction with the 32nd Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) annual conference at the University of Namibia (Windhoek Campus) on 9–12 September. The theme of the EEASA conference is: Reflections on the current and emerging ESD issues and practices informing the post DESD framework programme. RCE Khoma-Erongo of Namibia will host the African RCE meeting. Activities of the meeting will be integrated into the EEASA programme to address the afore-mentioned theme through plenary sessions, paper presentations, round table discussions and workshops.

For information on how to register and thus participate in both the African RCE Meeting and EEASA conference click here. Details on content and expected outcomes of the 4th African RCE Meeting will be posted here.

 

9th Global RCE Conference

4–7 November 2014

We are pleased to invite you to the 9th Global RCE Conference to be held in Okayama, Japan from 4 to 7 November. Marking the final year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD: 2005–2014), the Conference is regarded as one of the official stakeholder meetings to be held prior to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (10–12 November). The Conference provides a great opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the RCE movement with a view to charting a post-2014 agenda as proposed in UNESCO’s Global Action Programme on ESD. The major objective of the Conference is to identify a tangible commitment of the RCE community towards the effective implementation of ESD beyond 2014.

For more information, please visit the RCE Portal. Registration for the conference will open in mid-June.

 

International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014

9 November 2014

The United Nations University through its Institute of the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is organizing the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan on 9 November, in collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), UNEP, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, and the International Association of Universities (IAU). The Conference will highlight the major challenges and pathways for transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs), with a focus on scaling up and mainstreaming innovative practices in learning and knowledge development and research. For more information, please visit the UNU-IAS website or contact the Conference Secretariat (heconference@unu.edu). Registration for the conference will be open on the conference website in July.

 

Events organized by RCE members

Balkan Summit for Sustainable Development

13–15 June 2014

The First Balkan Summit 2014 for sustainable development will be held in Bitola, the Republic of Macedonia, with a motto of “Let’s create our future!” It will bring together actors within the sustainable development movement from Macedonia, neighbouring countries, and the rest of Europe to share their knowledge, stories, and visions with the aim of co-creating sustainable projects. The event is internationally coordinated and inspired by ThinkCamp, a collaborative partner of RCE Middle Albania. For more information, please visit their website.

 

RCE West Sweden: 2014 Ed Summer Seminar

24–26 June 2014

This annual event by RCE West Sweden is dedicated to open learning environments that explore matters of social sustainability and individual and collective action. The Summer Seminar is a social learning laboratory in which you are invited to co-create new futures for yourself, your communities, and our world. For more information click here or contact Johan Boman (johan.boman@chem.gu.se).

 

RCE Greater Western Sydney: 2014 Youth Eco Summit (YES)

22–23 October 2014

RCE Greater Western Sydney will hold its 2014 Youth Eco Summit (YES) in Sydney, Australia on 22–23 October. YES is an annual award-winning global education event that seeks to build the capacity of students and schools to take action and have a voice on sustainability, through targeted workshop training and project development. For more information click here.

 

Call for Papers and Applications

 

Call for papers for the 17th UNESCO-APEID International Conference

Deadline: 31 July

UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) is organizing the 17th International Conference on the theme of ‘The Powerhouses of Education: Teachers for the Future We Want’ from 29–31 October in Bangkok, Thailand. This conference will provide a forum for discussions on leading edge thinking about teachers and teaching practices. It will underscore the key role played by teachers in determining the quality of education.

The organizers invite papers on the Conference sub-themes. For those who are interested to present papers, submit English abstracts (200 words) through the online form available at the Conference website by 31 July. For registration or further information, please visit the Conference website or contact UNESCO Bangkok (apeidconf@unesco.org).

Call for entries for the 2014 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award

Deadline: 15 September

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT) in cooperation with UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education are pleased to announce the 2014 SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award, with the theme of "Fostering Global Citizenship for Sustainable Future".

Public and private schools in the 11 Southeast Asian countries are invited to submit programmes, projects, or activities relevant to the theme. The 11 countries include: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

For more information, please visit the website or contact SEAMEO(seameojapan.award@seameo.org).

 

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RCE Kakamega - Western Kenya: Youth and Education for Sustainability Camp 2014

BUMA Fish and Integrated Farm, an active member of RCE Kakamega – Western Kenya, hosted the Youth and Education for Sustainability Camp 2014 from 13 to 18 April. It was jointly organized by Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), Kenya Youth Network for Sustainable Development (KYNSD) and African Youth Initiative for Climate Change (AFICC). The 5-day camp brought over 40 youth from Kenya and Uganda. The event provided a great opportunity for the participating youth to network as well as to learn about local sustainability issues through lectures and hand-on experiences at the farm.

For more information, click here or contact Zippy Shiyoya (zippyshiyoya@yahoo.co.uk) of RCE Kakamega - Western Kenya.

 

RCE Lusaka: RCE Lusaka Self-Evaluation Workshop

With support from Rhodes University and the Global RCE Service Centre, RCE Lusaka organized a 3-day RCE evaluation workshop at Oxfam, Lusaka City from 7–9 May. Seven key stakeholders in attendance identified achievements and challenges that the RCE has experienced through implementation of ESD projects.

A brief summary of the workshop is available here. For more information, please contact Mirriam Moonga (mirriam.moonga@unza.zm) of RCE Lusaka.

 

RCE Srinagar: Celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2014

The United Nations has proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of biodiversity issues. RCE Srinagar with the Centre for Environment Education Himalaya (CEE Himalaya) celebrated the day at several locations across the Indian Himalayan Region. The Himalayan region is prone to natural disasters and biodiversity conservation plays a crucial role in mitigating them.

The RCE involved school children, teachers, local NGOs and the community members to promote biodiversity conservation. A number of activities such as teacher training workshop, group discussion, storytelling, slogan writing, painting and tree planting were organized for participants to learn about local biodiversity issues and think how to make a more sustainable living. For more information, click here for the report or contact CEE Himalaya (ceehimalaya@ceeindia.org).

 

Publications

 

Quality Education for Sustainable Development: A Priority in Achieving Sustainability and Well-being for All

The Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) — one of the main partners and collaborators of UNU-IAS — published a new policy brief titled ‘Quality Education for Sustainable Development: A Priority in Achieving Sustainability and Well-being for All’. The policy brief presents an ESD Learning Performance Framework (LPF) to address both learning processes and educational contents. The LPF provides a roadmap for how stronger ESD can promote greater educational quality and can serve as a basis for developing targets and indicators for both the Global Action Programme on ESD and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The material used for this policy brief is based on a two-year (2011–2013) collaborative research project on Monitoring and Evaluation of Education for Sustainable Development for the Asia-Pacific Region jointly organized by UNU-IAS and IGES in cooperation with UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau of Education. The policy brief is available here.

 

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Invitation from RCE Greater Western Sydney, Australia re. High School Agricultural Sustainability Event, April 7 and 10, 2014

Please see the following invitation from RCE Greater Western Sydney (Australia) for virtual high school participation in their event.--Roger

Dear RCE Colleagues,

I am writing as a member agency of Greater Western Sydney RCE in Sydney, Australia.

On April 8th and 11th (7th and 10th your time) we are hosting free live Google hangouts (interactive video conferences) from the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show. This Show is Australia’s largest event and the largest Showcase of Agricultural excellence in the Southern Hemisphere.

High School Students from Sydney will be sharing about Agricultural Sustainability and Excellence in Farming.

We are very keen to connect directly with Schools in your timezone and hear what is happening in your part of the world. We are calling on you to share this opportunity and motivate at least one school within your RCE network to participate.  We look forward to a rich global exchange that leverages both the technology and our RCE connection.  Our aim to build this into ongoing school collaboration around a variety of sustainability issues.

Details are found in the following flyers and booking links:

Direct Google event links:
https://plus.google.com/events/c5514kgd9rvg043gumquih6opoc
https://plus.google.com/events/c8om6i9q1g8fam90gjorqgfdrv4

Flyers:
https://www.smore.com/ed2z4
https://www.smore.com/7s6zf

Please contact me directly with any questions or leads.

Kind regards,

Mike.

Mike.Bartlett@sopa.nsw.gov.au

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